Second Annual Slow Food BBQ a Success!

July 16th, 2010 by Heather Pritchard

BBQ Highlights

BommerCanyonUnder a canopy of old oaks and sycamores, Slow Food OC came together on Saturday, June 26th for our 2nd annual Barbeque – a magical evening of camaraderie, laughter, and of course . . . incredible food!

First of all a huge round of applause for Chef Ryan Adams of Sorrento Grille of Laguna Beach. All our raffle item donors and contributors made our meal the best ever! We’d like to offer heartfelt thanks to the following sponsors:

And here is a fabulous Video that highlights all the goings on. Good music, Good food, friends and a wonderful Speaker.

Here are some follow up articles to read that Jill Richardson has written regarding the two main topics she discussed, school lunches and organic gardening post carbon.

First it’s her harsh but truthful take on school lunches.    But the good news is this, it’s totally fixable.

Tater Tots Aren’t Vegetables: Why Do We Feed Our Kids Crap?

After eating bagel dogs, tater tots and gloppy cheese sandwiches every day for a year, the brave teacher known as Mrs. Q shared what she learned on her blog Fed Up With Lunch: “The quality of school lunches has declined” since she was a kid and “the USDA guidelines are warped.”

Why are French fries and tater tots counted as vegetables, fruit jello cups and frozen juice bars counted as fruit, and so many grains required that schools have to serve combinations like rice with bread? Mrs. Q concludes after her year of school lunches that “our nation’s school lunch program is broken” and what we need is more than just money for better food — fresh food. As she puts it, “We must invest in our ‘lunch ladies’ and teach them how to cook properly” — not just reheat food as they do now. Fixing school lunch will take more than just money, but without money, schools can’t afford the food, training, labor, equipment and supplies needed to revamp their lunch programs.

Fortunately, Congress is in the process of re-authorizing school lunch. Will they be able to fix it? This month, Rep. George Miller, chair of the House Education and Labor committee, teamed with other members of Congress and Food Network’s Rachael Ray to unveil his child nutrition bill, a bill reauthorizing the school lunch program, WIC (a nutrition program for low-income pregnant and breastfeeding women and children under five), and other child nutrition programs. As was expected, his bill, giving child nutrition an additional $8 billion over 10 years, was far more generous than the corresponding Senate bill, which only gave child nutrition $4.5 billion. Neither, however, supplied the full $10 billion requested by Barack Obama, and both fell far short of the amount requested by child nutrition advocates.

Jill’s talk on a post-oil Cuba has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with their total lack of oil, it’s more about their growing practices than anything else and is a way to demonstrate that maybe a Country like the US can provide more than enough food for its people by being all organic.

Life After Oil: Cuba Can Teach Us How to Live

Cuba, which enjoyed plentiful oil during much of the latter half of the 20th century, entered a crisis when the Soviet Union and the Socialist Bloc disintegrated. In late 1989, Cuba saw its access to oil, food imports and chemicals used in industrial agriculture whisked away practically overnight. A few years later, in 1992, scarcity increased further when the U.S. tightened its blockade of Cuba. After 20 years of painful transition, Cuba is now a living example of how a society can flourish while treating oil like the scarce, filthy and increasingly risky-to-procure energy source it is.

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